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Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Deputy Superintendent announces retirement

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 9:36 am MDT

IMAGE. Supplied by Fort McMurray Catholic School Division.

FORT MCMURRAY – The Fort McMurray Catholic School Division has announced the retirement of Deputy Superintendent of Inclusive Education, Monica Mankowski.

In a news release, Mankowski said she’s chosen the end of the school year to officially step down.

The school board said her role has encompassed early intervention, special education, mental health supports, childcare and a variety of community and cross ministry partnerships that supports children.

The board said Mankowski has always led with the needs of students and families first.

Mankowski who has taught with the the Fort McMurray Catholic board for over 30 years, plans to move to Calgary to be closer to her family.

Catholic Schools Superintendent George McGuigan said “over the span of her career, Monica has infused her passion for students, and in particular, her passion for inclusive education for all children.

“Of particular note is all of the time, heart and soul Monica has put into ensuring that our division is well positioned to help our students and families in areas such as mental health wellness, classroom supports, and support for our LGBTQ2+ students.”

Mankowski was also a lead force in the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division’s response to the wildfire of 2016, the devastating floods of 2020 as well as leading efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic.